Welcome to another night of Community Groups! Please lean into this guide as much as you need to; use this as a tool to help facilitate fruitful conversation, but please do not let this become a script if you do not need it to be. You know your group better than I do! The goal for this discussion is to encourage our community to trust in Jesus and to trust in one another. If you can arrive at that destination with your group more efficiently with different questions, please feel free to simply use these as inspiration!
How is everyone holding up?
Who can summarize Sunday’s message?
- What sticks out to you as we read this passage? What is your visceral, gut reaction to what Jesus just said.
Leader’s Note: Jesus speaks against worry and anxiety in this passage. Anxiety is different from an anxiety disorder, and the two should not be confused in this conversation.
- Where do you think worry and anxiety come from? What is their root or source?
- In verse 30, Jesus uses the phrase, “you of little faith”. This word in Greek is often translated as “faith” or “belief” in our English bibles, but there is a growing sentiment in New Testament scholarship that a much better rendering of this word would be trust. Why do you think that Jesus pivots in verse 30 to talking about trust?
Leader’s Note: The Greek word in question carries with it the image of being able to put weight on something. In a sense, every time you sit on a piece of furniture, for example, you are trusting that it will hold up, support you, and not collapse underneath you.
- How does growing in trust impact our anxiety and worry?
- What active steps can we take to grow in our trust of Jesus and our trust of each other?